Make the Difference for our Patients

Every summer, we invite St. Joe’s staff – on behalf of the patients they serve in their department or unit – to submit applications for a grant from the Foundation’s Patient Comfort & Kindness Fund. This fund is dedicated to helping departments to cover the costs of the “little things” that may not be eligible for funding from the province but are a critical tool in helping improve our patient’s hospital experience and supporting the healing process.

The fund is made possible by generous donors along with an anonymous supporter called the Ever Hopeful Fund. However, as the demand for these comfort items continues to grow, along with the increasing demands placed on our healthcare system, we need your help!

By joining the Comfort and Kindness Club, your monthly contribution will provide us with consistent, reliable funding for the little things that means so much to our patients.

By becoming a recurring member of the Comfort and Kindness Club, we’ll send you a special pin to wear proudly to let everyone know that you’re one of St. Joe’s everyday angels. You’ll also receive a special impact report each year, listing every patient comfort and kindness grant that your donation has made possible! You are free to pause, stop or change your monthly contribution at any time by calling us at 905-521-6036.

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If you’d prefer to make a one-time gift, rather than becoming a monthly member, click here.


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The 2022 Patient Comfort and Kindness grant applications have closed. We will be accepting applications for the 2023 grant this summer.

Department Patient Comfort and Kindness Request Funded
4MG Personal table side fans for patients to stay cool during warm days.
5FB Replacement fabric for chairs to enhance patient comfort.
5FB Additional portable vital signs machine to provide more efficient and timely care for patients.
7 Surgical Dementia Fidget Lap Blankets to ease restlessness and anxiety.
7 Surgical Portable radios to provide entertainment and foster relaxation.
9/10 AMH VR headset, games, DVD players and sensory items to promote meaningful engagement and socialization.
9AMH Weighted furniture to ensure patient comfort and safety.
ACTT (Brant) Gift cards for marginalized patients to purchase basic necessities which will improve physical and mental well-being
ACTT (Haldimand Norfolk) Gift cards to purchase basic necessities and apartment cleanings to create warm and welcoming homes.
ACTT2 Gift cards for marginalized patients to purchase basic necessities which will improve physical and mental well-being
Bariatrics Medical Outpatient Meal Replacement Program for low income patients that will allow them to have nutritious and healthy meals.
Birthing TENS Machine to provide pain relief for mothers during delivery.
Bridge to Recovery Program Gift cards, ice packs, protective covers and fidget toys to improve the emotional well-being of patients.
Complex Care Replacement microwave ovens to allow patients and families to reheat their food during long stays.
Complex Care & Medical Rehabilitation Replacement otoscope & ear syringe to enhance the care delivered to patients.
Concurrent Disorders Gift cards to purchase art and gardening supplies to support recovery and the reduction of mental health symptoms.
Critical Care Research/ICU Saddle stitch books and colouring supplies to calm patients and provide entertainment.
CTU 4BD Massage chair, fans and comfort care items to improve the physical and mental wellness of patients.
Diagnostic Imaging MRI compatible walker to allow patients to walk independently into the MRI room and reduce the risk of falling.
Diagnostic Imaging Wedge positioning pads and sponges to enhance patient comfort and ensure optimal imaging.
Diagnostic Imaging Water station to provide patients with filtered, clean water as part of their examination process.
Diagnostic Services 2-step patient positioner and DR protector to ensure patient safety and support during standing x-rays.
Diagnostic Services Breast models to educate patients on how procedures are conducted. The models improve overall awareness while reducing patient anxiety.
Dialysis and Independent Therapies Gel Pads to provide support and comfort during dialysis.
Dialysis Unit Gift cards to ensure low-income patients are able to have nutritious and healthy meals.
Dual Diagnosis Clinic Activities, sensory items and adaptive equipment to stimulate and promote mental wellness.
Emergency Department Clothes, bus tickets and medical supplies for recently discharged patients who need additional assistance.
Hematology Iron sucrose treatments for low income patients to overcome the symptoms of iron deficiency.
Hemodialysis Gel pads and tympanic thermometers to provide comfort and relief during treatment.
ICU & CCRT TVs to provide entertainment and improve overall mood and satisfaction.
MASH (Men’s Addiction Service Hamilton) Warm blanket machine to provide immediate comfort for patients experiencing withdrawal symptoms.
Medicine Monoferric treatments for low income patients to overcome the symptoms of iron deficiency.
Medicine BiPAP masks to provide non-invasive treatment for patients undergoing treatment or therapy.
Mountain One Warm blanket machine to deliver comfort and warmth while reducing stress and anxiety.
N2 White noise machines to promote restful and consistent sleep.
Nephrology/RTU (social work) Gift cards, emergency funds, and home maintenance to address food insecurities and improve quality of life.
Occupational Therapy ROHO cushions, oxygen tank holders, varilite cushions and resting hand splints to enhance patient comfort.
Orchard One TVs to provide entertainment and improve overall mood and satisfaction.
Orchard One Veinlite Vein Finder to provide efficient and timely care. Patients will no longer have to wait as long or be transferred to a different unit.
Outpatient Additional blood pressure machines to provide efficient and timely care for patients.
Outpatient Clinic Patient recliner chair to provide comfort to patients undergoing difficult treatments.
Outpatient Forensic Psychiatry Clothing and toiletries to foster dignity and self confidence while improving overall well-being
Palliative Care Portable fans to keep patients cool and gift cards to provide meals for vigilant family members as they stay by their loved one’s side.
PES (psychiatric emergency services) Electronics, walker, clothing, personal hygiene, blankets, therapeutic packages to provide comfort, entertainment and improved self-image.
Portering & Linen Additional Staxi chair cushions to enhance patient comfort
RAAM (Rapid Access Addiction Medicine Clinic) Coffee station, ear buds, gift cards, and bus tickets to provide a more warm and welcoming environment that will increase engagement and retention rates of patients
Satellite Hemodialysis Headphones, electric blankets, and donut cushions to provide entertainment and comfort during treatment.
Schizophrenia Outpatient Clinic Fans, clothing and toiletries for low income patients to foster dignity and improving overall comfort.
SCIS CD players to play music to improve mood and engagement. Additional clocks and alarms to support and encourage participation in daily routines.
SCIS Luggage set and reusable shopping bags to replace garbage bags patients may use to carry their clothes. It promotes the growth of their self-worth and image.
SHF, Complex Care/Medical Rehab, 2ALC/6ALC, Ambulatory Taxi vouchers and patient transport for marginalized and vulnerable patients to get back home.
Social Work Cellphones for low income patients to improve communication and accessibility to their care providers and support systems.
Social Work PocketTalkers to provide better care and communication for hearing impaired patients.
Special Care Nursery Noise cancelling headphones to improve patient confidentiality. Due to physical space limitation, families are close together and can often hear conversation about other babies in the room.
Special Care Nursery Gel donuts to support a newborn’s head that may be swollen. Twin transport harness to allows twins to travel together rather than in separate vehicles.
Urgent Care Step stools, charging stations, kid activities, tall back chair, and TV to improve the overall comfort and experience of the waiting area.
Volunteer Resources Books, games, and knitting supplies to provide activities for patients to promote socialization while also developing their relationship with staff.
YASUP (Young Adult Substance Use Program) Writing supplies, fidget toys, snacks, gift cards to improve treatment rates during recovery.